Review: Montenegrin producer/re-editor Sasha Mitich, better known as Mitiko, has been extremely prolific since emerging onto the scene around five years ago, reliably turning out a new album-length EP every few months - which has left him with a rich back catalogue to plunder for this 'best of' compilation. Most of the tracks here would appear to be re-edits rather than original productions, but if so then he's dug admirably deep - there are reworks of cuts by Sister Sledge, Janet Jackson and Kool & The Gang ('Celebremos' was the band's own Spanish-language version of 'Celebration'), but most of the other source material escapes us. Which, of course, just makes this set sound all the fresher!
Review: If you enjoyed Andras Fox and Oscar S Thorn's brilliant sophomore album, Cafe Romantica, this release should be essential listening. The EP's title track picks up where that set left off, with the duo once again conjuring a perfect balance between soulful synth-pop, lilting Balearica, and the kind of sumptuous deep house on which Larry Heard made his name. On the flip you'll find some fine remixes of album highlight "Looking Back". While Tornado Wallace's deep Balearic house take is rather wonderful, it's Zanzibar Channel's interpretation that stands out. Somehow, they've re-cast the deep and dreamy original as a madcap chunk of lo-fi P-funk.
Review: Although Ryan Aitchison AKA Mella Dee initially founded Warehouse Music to showcase his rave-igniting wares, he's recently started using the label to showcase other artists' tracks. For this EP he's turned to Iile Records regular Leo Pol, a French producer whose reputation is undoubtedly rising fast. The Parisian producer is in fine form from the off, wrapping tactile deep house chords, undulating piano lines, and jaunty bass around a pumping, peak-time ready beat on "Privet". He goes in even harder on the insanely sub-heavy, electro-meets-techno bounce of standout "Xeniouski", before delivering a more robotic form of electro on "I Know What You Want". Closer "A Base De Kus", meanwhile, is a deliciously dark and mind-altering slab of acid-fired techno intensity.